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  • Why Cat-Calling Really Is a Problem

    10/31/2014 8:19:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    National Review ^ | October 30, 2014 | Christine Sisto
    A new video about street harassment has gone viral and it proves that . . . how do I put this? It proves that I was right. The video, released by the nonprofit anti-street-harassment organization Hollaback, features a moderately attractive woman, Shoshana Roberts, wearing jeans and a T-shirt, walking in silence through Manhattan for ten hours. The trek was recorded on a hidden video camera, carried by Roberts’s boyfriend, who walked in front of her. The camera picked up over 100 instances of street harassment in one day, according to the group, ranging in severity from men shouting “good morning,”...
  • Police 'put cap on arrests' in Rochdale sex abuse inquiry: Social worker whistleblower says dozens

    10/31/2014 7:35:42 AM PDT · by C19fan · 1 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2014 | Jaya Narain
    Dozens of child sex offenders are still walking the streets because police refused to arrest them, according to a whistleblower, Sara Rowbotham has accused police of putting a cap on the number of child sex offenders they arrested for raping and abusing young girls. The veteran social worker, who was responsible for gathering the main evidence in the 2012 Rochdale child sex abuse case, said that as a result dozens of sex offenders were still walking the streets preying on children.
  • Portugal decriminalised drugs. Results? Use by teens doubled in a decade with nearly a fifth of 15

    10/31/2014 7:30:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2014 | Steve Doughty
    The nation held up by the Liberal Democrats yesterday as a shining example of how to win the war on drugs is far from the unqualified success story they make out. For the number of children using drugs in Portugal has more than doubled since the country’s laws were liberalised, the latest figures show. A decade after the law was relaxed, nearly a fifth of 15 and 16-year-olds use drugs – well over twice the number in the years before decriminalisation. The controversial Home Office report commissioned by the Liberal Democrats states: ‘It is clear that there has not been...
  • Surfer frantically paddles to escape the jaws of a huge shark as it comes for him in the pristine

    10/31/2014 7:18:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 31, 2014 | Emily Crane
    This is the frightening moment a three-metre Great White started trailing a surfer back to shore, just two weeks before another man lost his arm and hand in a nearby shark attack. Andy Johnston was out with a small group of surfers at West Beach near Esperance, south-east of Perth, on September 21 when people ashore spotted the dark shadow looming. Other surfers managed to clear the water onto a reef after people started to honk their car horns to warn of the approaching shark, but Mr Johnston opted to stay put.
  • Worst Places I've Ever Visited - From the Man Who's Been Everywhere

    10/31/2014 7:00:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 28, 2014 | Lee Abbamonte
    Many of us say, "That was the worst place in the world!" But really: How many of us truly have the authority to say that? Lee Abbamonte does. He's the youngest American to visit all 193 member nations of the United Nations, and he's well on his way to visiting all 324 on The Travelers’ Century Club list, which includes territories and unique destinations in addition to nations. (Lee expects to have 321 of the 324 countries checked off by the end of the year).
  • Trustafarians Want to Tell You How to Live

    10/31/2014 6:51:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 31, 2014 | Joel Kotkin
    Americans have always prided themselves on being a nation of the self-made, where class and the accident of birth did not determine success. Yet increasingly we are changing into a society where lineage does matter—and likely this process has just started, threatening not only our future prosperity but the very nature of our society. In some ways the emerging age of inheritance stems from the success Americans enjoyed over the past half century. Think not only of the wealthy entrepreneurs, but the vast middle class that purchased their homes, often for what in hindsight look like very low sums, and...
  • Military Upset with White House 'Micromanagement' of ISIS War

    10/31/2014 6:47:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 31, 2014 | Josh Rogin and Eli Lake
    Top military leaders in the Pentagon and in the field are growing increasingly frustrated by the tight constraints the White House has placed on the plans to fight ISIS and train a new Syrian rebel army. As the American-led battle against ISIS stretches into its fourth month, the generals and Pentagon officials leading the air campaign and preparing to train Syrian rebels are working under strict White House orders to keep the war contained within policy limits. The National Security Council has given precise instructions on which rebels can be engaged, who can be trained, and what exactly those fighters...
  • Al Jazeera America Viewers Down Nearly 50 Percent From Current TV's Numbers

    10/30/2014 12:08:19 PM PDT · by C19fan · 20 replies
    The Wrap ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jordan Chariton
    The winner and loser of the lawsuit between Al Jazeera America and former Current TV CEO Al Gore is yet to be determined, but ratings comparisons between the two show a clear winner. After buying Current TV in early 2013, and debuting over the summer that year, Al Jazeera has lost almost half of Current TV's audience.
  • For Turkey and U.S., at odds over Syria, a 60-year alliance shows signs of crumbling

    10/30/2014 11:05:19 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Liz Sly
    he increasingly hostile divergence of views between Turkey and the United States over Syria is testing the durability of their 60-year alliance, to the point where some are starting to question whether the two countries still can be considered allies at all. Turkey’s refusal to allow the United States to use its bases to launch attacks against the Islamic State, quarrels over how to manage the battle raging in the Syrian border town of Kobane and the harsh tone of the anti-American rhetoric used by top Turkish officials to denounce U.S. policy have served to illuminate the vast gulf that...
  • Lena Dunham goes topless in Instagram campaign for Planned Parenthood (warning!!)

    10/30/2014 10:57:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 124 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2014 | Shyam Dodge
    Lena Dunham has taken over the internet - at least when it comes to some of her fellow celebrities. The 28-year-old posted a topless photo of herself to Instagram on Thursday, tying in both her new book Not That Kind Of Girl and a campaign to get people to vote for women's rights. The Girls creator's naked selfie followed a series of pictures posted by some of Hollywood's biggest leading ladies, who all proudly wore a shirt advertising the dual campaign with the slogan 'Lena Loves Planned Parenthood' emblazoned across their chests.
  • The Problem With That Catcalling Video (Race Card)

    10/30/2014 9:05:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    Slate ^ | October 29, 2014 | Hanna Rosin
    <p>On Tuesday, Slate and everyone else posted a video of a woman who is harassed more than 100 times by men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. More specifically, it’s a video of a young white woman who is harassed by mostly black and Latino men as she walks around New York City for ten hours. The one dude who turns around and says, “Nice,” is white, but the guys who do the most egregious things—like the one who harangues her, “Somebody’s acknowledging you for being beautiful! You should say thank you more,” or the one who follows her down the street too closely for five whole minutes—are not.</p>
  • String Theory: Now Circling the Drain

    10/30/2014 7:58:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 49 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | October 30, 2014 | Tom Hartsfield
    The largest physics experiment ever built is now testing the nature of reality. String theory, supersymmetry and other theories beyond the Standard Model are under scrutiny. More than 10,000 people have been involved. Total cost is nearing $10 billion. This, of course, is the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), which helped discover the Higgs Boson. Simultaneously, the ACME experiment, run by a team of less than 50, built for a few million dollars (and much, much smaller), has created a more precise test of these advanced theoeries. This experiment hinges on an extremely painstaking and precise method to picture the shape...
  • North Korean officials executed ‘for watching South Korean TV soap operas’ in Kim Jong-un’s latest

    10/30/2014 7:44:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 68 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 29, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Ten senior members of North Korea’s ruling party have been executed after they were caught watching soap operas. The officials were killed on the order of dictator Kim Jong-Un, taking the number of senior government and military members executed this year to 50, South Korea's intelligence agency have said. The ten were ‘executed by firing squad for watching South Korean soap operas, bribery or womanising’.
  • The towns where exploiting children 'is the new normal': New police report reveals scale of sex

    10/30/2014 7:39:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2014 | Jaya Narain and James Tozer
    Child sexual exploitation has become the ‘social norm’ in some towns, a report warns today. Schoolgirls are routinely being approached by much older men who ply them with alcohol, drugs and gifts as a way of grooming them for sex, says the study commissioned by police. Figures in the report suggested almost 650 children reported missing in towns across Greater Manchester in 2014 were at risk of child sexual exploitation or serious harm. But despite almost 13,000 reports of child sex abuse in the past six years, only 1,078 people were convicted, figures from Greater Manchester Police revealed. The report’s...
  • MSNBC host Donny Deutch found guilty of scamming realtor out of $1 million over the sale of his $30

    10/30/2014 7:11:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2104 | David McCormack
    MSNBC host Donny Deutsch has been found guilty of scamming a realtor out of over $1 million in commission on the sale of his former $30 million home in the Hamptons. Real estate broker Edward Petrie had claimed he was done out of his 4 percent commission after Deutsch went behind his back and brokered the 2010 sale privately to avoid paying the fee. Petrie had found a potential buyer in hedge fund boss Howard Marks, but once Deutsch realized he knew Marks, the realtor claimed that the TV host went behind his back. Justice Charles Ramos awarded Petrie’s employer,...
  • ROMNEY STILL POPULAR WITH REPUBLICANS, BUT NOT THE WIDER PUBLIC

    10/30/2014 6:50:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    YouGov ^ | October 29, 2014 | Kathy Frankovic
    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican Presidential nominee, remains among the most popular of possible 2016 Republican candidates – but just among Republicans. In the latest Economist/YouGov Poll, 75% of Republicans hold a favorable opinion of Romney, far more than say that about nearly all other GOP possibilities. ......................................................... Romney’s popularity with Republicans does not extend to the rest of the population, however. Overall, he is seen unfavorably. And when it comes to whether or not Romney should try again for the Presidency in 2016, Republicans are divided at the moment. The country overall would rather he stay...
  • NY State blesses ‘incest’ marriage between uncle, niece

    10/29/2014 9:29:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 69 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 29, 2014 | Julia Marsh
    The state’s highest court has toppled a cultural taboo — legalizing a degree of incest, at least between an uncle and niece — in a unanimous ruling. While the laws against “parent-child and brother-sister marriages . . . are grounded in the almost universal horror with which such marriages are viewed . . . there is no comparably strong objection to uncle-niece marriages,” Tuesday’s ruling reads.
  • Why Jeb Bush should run for president

    10/29/2014 8:02:51 AM PDT · by C19fan · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 28, 2014 | Ruth Marcus
    Run, Jeb, run. I mean it, despite two powerful arguments against a presidential run by Jeb Bush — one specific to the former Florida governor, one more generic.
  • Let's Bring Back Mourning Clothes

    10/29/2014 6:40:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    The New Republic ^ | October 26, 2014 | Hillary Kelly
    When Ellen Olenska—freshly back from Europe under a pall of ambiguous disgrace—invites Newland Archer to her home for the first time in Edith Wharton’s novel The Age of Innocence, she ignores the unwritten sartorial mandates and dons “a long robe of red velvet bordered about the chin and down the front with glossy black fur.” As a little girl, Ellen appeared to exhibit a similar disregard for convention, mourning her parents in wildly inappropriate clothing: “crimson merino and amber beads.” The gossips and busybodies who recall that childhood faux pas want to imply a provocative question About Ellen: Was the...
  • College Football Playoff Ranking - October 28

    10/29/2014 6:19:55 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    Playoff Guru ^ | October 28, 2014 | Staff
    Top 10: 1: Miss State2: FSU3: Auburn4: Ole Miss5: Oregon6: 'Bama7: TCU8: MSU9: KSU10: Notre Dame
  • The MG42 Machine Gun Was Hitler’s Buzz Saw

    10/28/2014 1:28:52 PM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 28, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    During World War II, American G.I.s called the German MG42 machine gun “Hitler’s buzz saw” because of the way it cut down troops in swaths. The Soviet Red Army called it “the linoleum ripper” because of the unique tearing sound it made—a result of its extremely high rate of fire. The Germans called the MG42 Hitlersäge or “Hitler’s bone saw”—and built infantry tactics around squads of men armed with the weapon. Many military historians argue that the Maschinengewehr 42 was the best general-purpose machine gun ever. It fired up to 1,800 rounds per minute in some versions. That’s nearly twice...
  • The Jeb Bush Effect

    10/28/2014 9:00:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 27, 2014 | Russell Berman
    It has been clear for some time that a significant portion of the Republican establishment in Washington wants Jeb Bush to run for president in 2016. Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, the party's senior-most elected official, has even departed from his formal posture of neutrality to openly pine for the former Florida governor to enter the race. Bush's family name notwithstanding, Boehner and other top Republicans see him as the candidate with the gravitas and fundraising potential to overcome a flawed field, unite the party, and stand on equal footing with Hillary Clinton, the prohibitive Democratic favorite.
  • How Jeb Bush can avoid being the Jon Huntsman of 2016

    10/28/2014 7:53:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    The Week ^ | October 27, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    It seems increasingly likely that Jeb Bush will run for president. (Even his son is talking up the prospects.) What remains to be seen is whether Jeb Bush can actually win. A lot of GOP establishment types are excited about a Bush candidacy. But don't expect the grassroots to eagerly embrace a former Florida governor who has made a habit of moderately breaking from conservative orthodoxy on big issues like immigration, or who recently (mildly) singled out Fox News for criticism. As the editor of the Washington Free Beacon said:
  • Ready for Jeb?

    10/27/2014 9:52:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 27, 2014 | Tom Bevan
    It wasn’t quite an “out-of-the-mouths-of-babes” moment -- George P. Bush is 38 years old -- but it was newsy nonetheless. Yesterday Jeb Bush’s eldest son told Jon Karl of ABC News that he believes his father is “giving this serious thought in moving forward ... that he'll run." Jeb’s thinking about running for president has been one tea leaf that many pundits have had a hard time reading. Unlike some of his fellow Republicans with 2016 aspirations, the former Florida governor has played it close to the vest. His big brother said recently that he believes Jeb would make a...
  • Ole Miss Girl Hates LSU (Viral Video)

    10/27/2014 7:14:26 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Fox Sports ^ | October 26, 2014 | Clay Travis
    SEC football is the most entertaining sport in America because of videos like this. Ole Miss, masterfully snatching defeat from the jaws of victory thanks to the disastrous play of quarterback Bo Wallace, has just lost to LSU. The boyfriend/husband, an LSU fan, potentially soon to be broken up with, divorced or murdered in his sleep, exults in the sweet glow of victory. His girlfriend? Well, she hates LSU. With that prelude, enjoy.
  • America’s 60 Year-Old Nuclear Bomber Might Finally Get a New Engine

    10/27/2014 6:48:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 27, 2014 | Bill Sweetman
    The U.S. Air Force is taking a serious look at overhauling the nearly 60 year-old B-52 bomber—including a new engine for the ancient plane. The question is not whether it makes sense, but why it hasn’t been done before. The answers include poor planning, budgetary procedures that defied economic logic, and at least one bone-headed accounting error. The B-52 first entered service in the mid-1950s. Putting new engines on the “Buff,” or Big Ugly Fat (cough) Fella, became a possibility after 1978, when the commercial airplane business launched two modern engines, the Rolls-Royce RB.211-535 and the PW2000. Unlike the first...
  • Fire When Ready: Flamethrowers were horrific … and effective

    10/27/2014 6:00:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 25, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    Between July and November of 1917, one of the greatest disasters of the Great War unfolded near the Belgian town of Ypres, where the British and their allies fought the Germans for control of some ridges running through Flanders. Better known as the Battle of Passchendaele, hundreds of thousands of men occupied trenches, dugouts and underground tunnels on the front lines. Among the British forces there were many seasoned infantrymen who could claim to have seen all the technological terrors so far gathered together on World War I battlefields—machine gun fire, poison gas, strafing and bombing by aircraft. But for...
  • To Beat Russian Tanks, the Baltic States Study the Georgia War

    10/27/2014 5:58:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 24, 2014 | Robert Beckhusen
    It was more than six years ago when a tank force from the Georgian army’s 42nd Mechanized Infantry Battalion fought its way overnight through Tskhinvali, South Ossetia. The tanks were in trouble. They were moving too fast, outrunning their infantry support and taking losses to South Ossetian irregulars scattered throughout the city. Only hours into a war which would last five days, they had to keep moving before Russian reinforcements could arrive to bolster the pro-Russian, breakway Georgian province.
  • Jeb Bush Will ‘More Than Likely’ Run in 2016, Says His Son

    10/26/2014 11:31:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 71 replies
    ABC News ^ | October 26, 2014 | Arlette Saenz
    Will another member of the Bush family dynasty make a run for the White House? In an interview in College Station, Texas, this week, George P. Bush told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl he thinks his father, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, will “more than likely” run for president in 2016. “I think it’s actually, I think it’s more than likely that he’s giving this a serious thought in moving forward,” George P. Bush told Karl aboard his campaign bus in College Station, Texas. “More than likely that he'll run?” Karl asked. “That he'll run,” Bush said. “If you had asked...
  • Trending: Meet the Notre Dame football player now ‘dating’ a porn star

    10/24/2014 9:50:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 24, 2014 | Staff
    So, here are a few photos that have everyone chattering. First the setup… Seated is 18-year-old Justin Brent, a freshman wide receiver at Notre Dame. And on his lap is Lisa Ann, a well know adult movie star. (Safe for work link to IMDB.com). The two were spotted at New York City’s Madison Square Garden taking in a Knicks game:
  • ‘My heart just broke': Achingly beautiful cartoon honors slain Canadian soldier

    10/24/2014 9:05:17 AM PDT · by C19fan · 48 replies
    Twitchy ^ | October 23, 2014 | Staff
    Yesterday, reservist Nathan Cirillo was murdered while guarding Canada’s National War Memorial. Today, Halifax Chronicle-Herald cartoonist Bruce MacKinnon paid tribute to Cirillo — in an absolutely gorgeous way:
  • SOCCER TIFOS FROM AROUND THE WORLD (Awesome ones commemorating Operation Market Garden)

    10/24/2014 9:03:57 AM PDT · by C19fan
    SI ^ | October 23, 2014 | Staff
    Here are some of the best fan banners and displays from around the world.
  • Red-faced Swedish Navy calls off hunt for mystery vessel in Baltic Sea

    10/24/2014 6:17:59 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 24, 2014 | Sara Malm
    Swedish military has called off the search for a 'Russian underwater vessel' thought to have been lurking in the Stockholm archipelago, after admitting that it was 'definitely not' a submarine. Navy top brass has today been forced to concede that although 'underwater activity' is confirmed, the military has ruled out the possibility that it could have been a Russian sub. This comes after Moscow blasted the hunt as 'groundless actions by the Swedish military, based on a Cold War-rhetoric'.
  • One Easy Way to Blow $7.6 Billion: Try eradicating Afghanistan’s poppies

    10/24/2014 6:13:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 23, 2014 | Matthew Gault
    The U.S. military learned the hard way not to interfere with Afghanistan’s thriving production of poppies, the colorful flowers that are the source of opium and, by extension, heroin. Now we know the cost of that lesson—a cool $7.6 billion. On Oct. 14, the U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction—a.k.a., SIGAR—alerted the Defense, State and Justice Departments to this latest dollar figure for poppy-elimination efforts. And here’s SIGAR’s kicker. Despite the nearly $8 billion America has spent on eradication efforts, today the Afghan opium trade is booming. At 400,000 acres, the poppy crop in 2013 was the biggest ever.
  • Obama to Atlanta Radio Station: A Michelle Nunn Win Means We Keep the Senate and Keep Passing My

    10/23/2014 12:05:41 PM PDT · by C19fan · 37 replies
    National review Online ^ | October 23, 2014 | Andrew Johnson
    President Obama just directly linked himself to another red-state Democrat Senate candidate. Calling in to Atlanta’s V-103 radio station on Thursday, the president said a Michelle Nunn victory in Georgia “means that Democrats keep control of the Senate” and could continue moving forward with his agenda.
  • Extraordinary moment massive US airstrike obliterated jihadis' emblem flying on hill above Kobane

    10/23/2014 11:49:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 23, 2014 | Amanda Williams
    The Islamic State's black jihadist flag has been obliterated in a devastating airstrike by American forces on a Kobane hillside controlled by the militant group. In a series of images, what appears to be a lone ISIS militant can first be seen standing by the flag on Tilsehir hill near the Turkish border - after the terrorist group seized control of the strategically important hilltop 4km west of the town. Just moments later the hillside erupts into flames as the solitary flag guard looks on - and the fighter appears to stand his ground against the ferocious power of the...
  • Amazon is running out of excuses for losses

    10/23/2014 11:29:47 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 23, 2014 | Nicole Goodkind
    Amazon.com Inc. reports quarter three earnings today and analysts are expecting a loss of $0.75 per share according to FactSet. That’s a significant jump from their loss of $0.09 per share for the same period last year. Amazon follows a “profitless prosperity” model so losses aren’t unexpected, and typically Wall Street shrugs them off. This year, however, Amazon (AMZN) has seen more than a 20% drop in value on the NASDAQ. Wall Street is becoming restless-- is it time for Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos to start focusing on the bottom line? Yahoo Finance’s Henry Blodget believes that investors are clearly...
  • In Iowa, Mike Huckabee Is Making Moves

    10/23/2014 11:19:21 AM PDT · by C19fan · 29 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 23, 2014 | Scott Conroy
    It was just another routine photo-op at a Republican field office Tuesday morning until Mike Huckabee decided to improvise. In a cheeky attempt to bring himself level with Cody Hoefert -- the 7-foot-tall co-chairman of the Iowa Republican Party -- Huckabee pulled up a chair and began to climb atop it. He didn’t have to complete the physical joke to get the laughs he was looking for from the group of gray-haired volunteers who had assembled for his appearance with Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst. “Golly!” the 5-11 Huckabee marveled. “I’ve never felt like a shrimp like this before.”
  • The M-4 Sherman Tank Was Hell on Wheels&#8202;—&#8202;And a Death Trap

    10/23/2014 8:09:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 91 replies
    War is Boring ^ | October 23, 2014 | Paul Richard Huard
    The M-4 Sherman was the workhorse medium tank of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps during World War II. It fought in every theater of operation—North Africa, the Pacific and Europe. The Sherman was renown for its mechanical reliability, owing to its standardized parts and quality construction on the assembly line. It was roomy, easily repaired, easy to drive. It should have been the ideal tank. But the Sherman was also a death trap.
  • Trekonomics: Is Star Trek Really “Anti-Libertarian”?

    10/23/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by C19fan · 83 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 22, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    Reason‘s Nick Gillespie recently posted a list of the five most anti-libertarian television shows ever, and there’s a serious error. Actually, there are two serious errors. The first, larger error is that Reason put together a list of the five best libertarian TV shows, and they left off “Firefly,” which simply boggles the mind. The smaller error is that Gillespie names “Star Trek” among the anti-libertarian shows. Even worse is the reason he gives: “The Starship Enterprise’s adventures throughout the galaxy are supposedly guided by the Federation’s ‘prime directive,’ which forbids humans from intervening in the domestic affairs of the...
  • World Series Ratings Off to Worst Start on Record

    10/23/2014 5:58:56 AM PDT · by C19fan · 88 replies
    Variety ^ | October 22, 2014 | Rick Kissell
    The Kansas City Royals were a great story in baseball this year, but as a team with little star power that hails from a small market, their surprise run to face the San Francisco Giants in the World Series may not be resonating with more casual sports fans. Fox attracted a still-sizable audience to Game 1 of the Fall Classic on Tuesday — 12.2 million — but this left it tied with the 2012 Texas-San Francisco opener, which previously had been the smallest audience to kick things off. Last year’s World Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red...
  • CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES PAGAN STUDENT CLUB

    10/23/2014 5:49:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    The College Fix ^ | October 23, 2014 | Dominic Lynch
    Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible. “Loyola’s mission states that ‘seeking God in all things’ is one of the main tenants of the university,” said the group’s student president, Jill Kreider, in an email to The College Fix. “While the mission primarily focuses on the Abrahamic God, there is no reason a Pagan student (or a Hindu, Baha’i or Sikh student) cannot seek using his or her...
  • More (US) Hispanics turning to Islam, majority women

    10/22/2014 10:00:33 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Aquila Style ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    According to the Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), more Hispanics are turning towards Islam and interestingly, more than half of Miami’s 3,000 Hispanic Muslims are female. Florida, bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, is the US’s fourth most populous state and is highly distinguished by its thriving Hispanic community. In 2010, Hispanics and Latinos made up 22.5 percent of Florida’s population.
  • HENSARLING: GOP-CONTROLLED CONGRESS SHOULD MASSIVELY INCREASE GUEST-WORKER PERMITS FOR FOREIGNERS

    10/22/2014 8:31:57 AM PDT · by C19fan · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 21, 2014 | Tony Lee
    If Republicans gain control of Congress, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) wants more guest-worker visas for high-tech and low-skilled workers in addition to a piecemeal immigration reform. Hensarling, the House Financial Services Committee Chair whom the pro-amnesty Wall Street Journal touted as the "leading candidate to eventually succeed John Boehner as Speaker," would "like to see immigration reform that allows more H-1B visas for high-tech workers and also creates a 'vibrant guest-worker program' for low-skill workers who want to come here to work in agriculture." The Journal also noted that Hensarling "believes a good guest-worker program is a form of border...
  • Mormons address mystery surrounding undergarments

    10/22/2014 6:52:54 AM PDT · by C19fan · 145 replies
    AP ^ | October 22, 2014 | Brady McCombs
    The Mormon church is addressing the mystery that has long surrounded undergarments worn by its faithful with a new video explaining the practice in-depth while admonishing ridicule from outsiders about what it considers a symbol of Latter-day Saints' devotion to God. The four-minute video on The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' website compares the white, two-piece cotton "temple garments" to holy vestments worn in other religious faiths such as a Catholic nun's habit or a Muslim skullcap.
  • Can the Navy's $12 Billion Stealth Destroyer Stay Afloat?

    10/22/2014 6:38:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 50 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 22, 2014 | Dave Majumdar
    The U.S. Navy is slowly preparing the first of its massive, 15,500-ton Zumwalt-class stealth destroyers for sea next year. But questions remain about many of the technologies onboard the new ships. First and foremost: can the thing even stay afloat? The vessel—which is the largest American surface warship since the 1950s--brings a new untried “tumblehome” hull design, new power systems and gun technology that have not been used on a modern warship before. The ship is highly automated with a crew of just 142 -- compared to older ships that have a complement of about 300. But despite its massive...
  • New evidence that stegosaur tails were thigh-goring killing machines

    10/22/2014 6:29:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 12 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 21, 2014 | Rachel Feltman
    They may have been plant-eaters, but stegosaurs were no easy prey: Researchers have found the fossil remains of what might be a deadly wound inflicted by the creature's spiked tail. Stegosaur tails have been a matter of some debate. While paleontologists used to say they were only for decoration, recent studies have suggested that the spiked, dexterous tails were actually used in combat. In 2005, researchers reported that a non-fatal wound found in the fossil of an allosaur -- a fearsome predator of stegosaurus's age -- was most likely inflicted by a stegosaur tail. But it turns out that those...
  • 'Don't give me that bull****! This is not what I signed up for': Rosie O'Donnell hits the roof

    10/21/2014 10:57:32 AM PDT · by C19fan · 97 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 21, 2014 | Topper Toussaint
    Rosie O'Donnell has gone ballistic...again. This time it's because producers of The View, backed by Whoopi Goldberg, want to draw in a younger audience and to that end add flash sales to the mix and finally fill the fifth seat - with a much younger host, a show insider tells MailOnline. The View is desperately trying to find younger viewers. Hosted by Whoopi, 58, Rosie, 52, Nicolle Wallace, 42, and Rosie Perez, 50, the show is drawing in a much older AARP-friendly audience. ABC executives are intent on making changes in an effort to attract viewers in the 18-to-34 demographic,...
  • The Best-Dressed Way to Say Goodbye

    10/21/2014 10:46:02 AM PDT · by C19fan · 27 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | October 21, 2014 | Justin Jones
    All-black attire hasn’t always been reserved for coffee shop poets and champagne-sipping fashionistas. Up until the turn of the 20th century, it was almost exclusively a sign of mourning: women publicly showing respect for the loss of a loved one. But, somewhere between the fury of the industrial revolution and women’s liberation, the tradition itself died out, leaving only a brief implication that lingers in graveyards and funeral services with fleeting significance. Now, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is revisiting the trend, taking visitors back to black with the debut of the Anna Wintour Costume Institute’s first fall exhibition in...
  • Sweden ready to use force to surface sub

    10/21/2014 10:38:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 43 replies
    The Local ^ | October 21, 2014 | Staff
    UPDATED: Sweden's military has announced that if it finds a suspect foreign vessel in the Stockholm archipelago, it is prepared to force it to the surface "with weapons if necessary". Battleships, minesweepers, helicopters and more than 200 troops are scouring an area about 30 to 60 kilometres from the Swedish capital after a "man-made" and foreign object was spotted in the waters. "The most important value of the operation - regardless of whether we find something -- is to send a very clear signal that Sweden and its armed forces are acting and are ready to act when we think...